The Deep-Sea Biology research group studies the biodiversity, physiology, ecology and evolution of microbes and animals living in deep-sea ecosystems. We use an interdisciplinary research approach by integrating data from multiple sources (molecular, biochemical, (micro)biological, and geochemical).
One of our target environments, deep-sea hydrothermal vents, host diverse and highly specialized ecosystems adapted to extreme ecological conditions. We are exploring this unique biodiversity for metabolic traits and as a resource for novel biomolecules for human exploitation.
Deep-sea ecosystems are reservoirs of largely unknown biodiversity and are already under pressure from multiple anthropogenic and climate stressors. We engage in conservation questions and studies of human impacts of deep-sea benthic ecosystems.
Professor Ida H. Steen (group leader)
Researcher Runar Stokke
Researcher Pedro Ribeiro
Postdoc Mari Heggernes Eilertsen
Postdoc Katharina Sass
Postdoc Hasan Arsin
PhD-candidate Francesca Vulcano
PhD-candidate Petra Hribovšek
PhD-candidate Victoria Røyseth
PhD-candidate Trong Thuc Nguyen
PhD-candidate Anna Patova
Head Engineer Anita-Elin Fedøy
Head Engineer Solveig Thorkildsen
Head Engineer David John Rees
Head Engineer Anders Schouw
Staff engineer Tone Ulvatn